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The Great Gatsby; Gatsby Analysis

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The Great Gatsby
Gatsby is a man of obsession. He created an idea of a man and became it, he obsessed over the fact that his new found life must be perfect. No one knew exactly who Gatsby was. They knew of him, but no one quite knew him, other than a selected few who helped create him. Gatsby was a man of many secrets, he kept his life private “When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness” (Fitzgerald, 152). One thing he did not keep quiet about was his love of Daisy, though, I don’t believe he actually loved Daisy. Gatsby wanted Daisy, “He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy” (Fitzgerald, 112) she was the most beautiful thing Gatsby ever laid his eyes on.
When Daisy initially met Gatsby he was in a low point of his life but, Gatsby wouldn’t dare let her know. Gatsby wanted Daisy to be happy and he was ...view middle of the document...

" …"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." (Fitzgerald, 137-140). Gatsby did not want to let go of what he and Daisy once had.
When Gatsby first started to create himself, I think he really did love Daisy. When things moved on both of them had changed, Gatsby become a man of lies. Gatsby lived off of the lies he created because he was not proud of who he was “he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” (Fitzgerald, 105). He wanted the money, a better life. Yes, he had the money to keep him happy, but to stay happy you must not surround yourself with material things “bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.” (Fitzgerald, 43). Gatsby longed for the happiness with Daisy, he wanted to protect her from all things and give her everything she wanted, no questions asked.
With all the things Gatsby has done to himself, I don’t think he can love Daisy. Gatsby may say he does, but he is obsessed with the fact of loving a Daisy frozen in the past. Daisy does not know who Gatsby is and Gatsby does not know who Daisy is anymore “she said in the strangest voice that it must be the man she used to know” (Fitzgerald, 145). Things have changed for both of them, for a love that does not exist.
With Gatsby obsessed over a profound love for Daisy, Gatsby lost who he really was. He became someone he wasn’t, people used him for his money. Daisy looked at that as a terrible thing, Gatsby didn’t have friends because of the lies he created. With that, he lost Daisy and his own life. He did what was right covering for Daisy, but he hoped that Daisy would leave Tom because of what he did. Daisy shut him out even more. Obsession is not love. It’s the idea of having what you can’t have.

Works Cited
Fitzgerald, F S. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995. Print.

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